I’ve been thinking about buying in-ear headphones, IEMs/Earbuds/Earclips/Earhooks. I am currently searching for a pair that is under $200. Some factors I will be considering:
UPDATE: I'm deciding between the VSonic GR07 and the Phonak Audeo PFE122. Please cast your votes in the poll and/or comment!
UPDATE: I did more research, and I found myself looking at the following options (IE8s are there because I have a discount)
1. Sony MDR-EX600
2. VSonic GR07
3. Sennheiser IE8
4. Phonak Audeo PFE122
5. Yamaha EPH-100SL
6. HiFiMan RE262
I usually don’t use the accessories too much except maybe the carrying case and the sports clip, and perhaps the foam tips or silicon adapters if the headphones do include accessories. The only question I can ask is how good they work with the headphones.
I want these in ears to last as long as possible. I take good care of my headphones, but I will use them a lot-from listening to my Sansa Clip+ to conferencing my friends on Skype. Every time I leave the house, I put on my headphones to listen to music and pass the time. I know Sennheiser has a great reputation for build quality.
Not a huge deal, but nice if included. While it is nice to filter out outside noise such as car engine noise or people talking elsewhere, I do often talk to people with my headphones in my ear, and I would like to hear if a car is coming by when I go outside, so it doesn’t matter much.
I never found microphonics a huge problem when listening to music, but it certainly does matter. I will sometimes mess with my headphones, tangle them, wrap them, and untangle them when they get tangled because they’re a mess.
I will be wearing my headphones for hours of time, once I listened to 200+ songs without removing my headphones! I want my headphones to feel as if it were cushioning my ear or is just simply not there anymore.
I will be listening to classical music, techno and electronic (videogames/movies/YouTube), rap, hip-hop, and pop. I will also be using it to watch videos, play movies, conference, chat on the phone via Skype or smartphone, and when playing video games.
To me, $200 is quite a large investment. I want every single cent to be worth its price. Also, I don’t want fakes.
When I buy a product, the quality of it will depend some on its brand reputation. I found Sennheiser to be the most respected name right now, but Shure, Grado, AKG, AudioTechnica, Phonak Audeo, Denon, and Soundmagic don't seem to bad either.
I like euphonic, juicy and lush and sturdy music. I value accuracy, clarity, and pay attention to low sounds. I would like my sound to be balanced, gripped, and brilliant. Punchy bass and treble is important.
Does anyone know which headphones are best suited for my requirements? I will be listening to music on a Sandisk Sansa Clip+. The headphones will be purchased through Amazon.
Which headphones are best suited for me? Thanks to all replies I receive!
Edited by RobotsEatCookie - 9/23/12 at 3:21pm